As poets we have special relationships with words. When I write I rely on finding the words to create an imaginative truth. And I want this imaginative truth to say something political. In this post-truth world our words have a new power and obligation. Now is not the time for shy words. Now we want to be Not Very Quiet …
I want my poetry to say something about the state of our world, a situation and condition we are bringing on ourselves. So my work is social critique and revolves around dissent, contradiction, dissonance; and I write about gender, violence, war, refugees and asylum, environment and climate change.
One of my favourite texts is Orlando by Virginia Woolf and it is full of the poetry of gender, the fluidity of femininities and masculinities.
Sandra Renew lives in Canberra and her 2015 collection, Projected on the Wall, is available from Ginninderra Press. She writes page poetry, tanka and tanka prose and performance poetry.
Her poems are published in Australia and overseas in print journals and online journals. In 2015, she published One Last Border: poetry for refugees with Hazel Hall and Moya Pacey (Ginninderra Press). Her most recent collection is Who Sleeps at Night? (Ginninderra Press, 2017).
Sandra will be a featured poet at the National Folk Festival – Spoken Word, with performances in ‘Poetry in the Round’, ‘Poets Breakfast’, ‘Potpourri of Poetry’ and ‘Poetry in the Park’ (Canberra, April 2017).